One of the most important roles our doctors have prior to the surgical procedure is to talk to each patient about their orthopedic surgery. This includes spending time with you to ensure you understand the surgical procedure, the expected results, and the recovery time and rehab which will be required.
We find that when our patients are fully educated about the entire process, their orthopedic surgery is much more positive and has fewer complications. Also, they get actively involved in their pre and post-operative care.
While our doctors will explain the pre-operative preparations specific to your procedure, the following are important general guidelines for anyone having orthopedic surgery:
- Read all written information provided by our orthopedic surgeons or medical staff. These written guidelines will address the specifics of what you should do before the day of the surgery.
- Complete a full medical evaluation scheduled in advance of your procedure. This is done to ensure you are healthy enough for surgery.
- Arrange to have a caregiver, typically either a family member or a paid medical support professional, to be able to pick you up after the surgery and to also stay with you for the first few days to weeks depending on the type of surgery you are having.
- As early as possible, stop smoking before the surgery. Smoking will impact your circulation and is also proven to slow down recovery and healing after the procedure. Ideally, you can take this a time to make a permanent lifestyle change and kick the habit.
- Ensure you talk to our doctors about any medications you take, either prescription or over-the-counter. Our doctors will advise you on how to take the medications and when they can be taken prior to your surgery. Also, provide information on any herbal supplements you may take, as these can also impact circulation thanks to their blood clotting properties.
- For joint replacement surgery, use specific exercises to assist in strengthening the upper body, and use walkers, crutches and canes. Increasing your physical exercise levels may also be helpful, but talk to our doctors to avoid any exercises which may be problematic.
- Evaluate your home and make changes to ensure you can easily get around with crutches or a walker. Remove anything which may pose a hazard in moving around with your limited mobility.
- Make a list of questions to ask our doctors and bring them with you to the pre-surgery consultation. This will help you to get the answers you need.
- Carefully review all eating and drinking restrictions a few days before the procedure. This will avoid any possible mistakes in eating or drinking after a specific time prior to your surgery.
Our doctors are here to answer any questions you may have about your orthopedic surgery. Ask questions, do your research, and prepare for your return home in advance to lessen the stress before and after the procedure.